Whistler Train Wreck Trail is about a 1.5 hour drive from Vancouver. The 2km round trip hike will take you to the site of a train derailment from the 1950’s where you’ll be able to see a number of railway boxcars scattered among towering cedar and fir trees beside the Cheakamus River.
Hike Info:Rating: Easy Distance: 2km (Round Trip) Gain: 30 Metres Time Needed: 1 hour return
Whistler Train Wreck Trail is for beginner hikers and our “Hike of the Week“.
Whistler Train Wreck Trail
The trail to Whistler Train Wreck is part of the Sea to Sky Trail. The beginning is a wide gravel multi-use track but once you turn off to the suspension bridge you will encounter some uneven surfaces – hiking shoes are recommended. The bridge is approximately 1 km from the trailhead with minimal elevation gain, and once you cross the bridge you are right in the middle of the Train Wreck site.
While the hike to Whistler Train Wreck is short you’ll want to leave plenty of time to explore all of the boxcars. Bring a camera to capture some of the scenery along the Cheakamus River and graffiti on the railway cars.
Even though this is a shorter trail be sure you pack the 10 Hiking Essentials just in case.
Whistler Train Wreck History
According to research from the Whistler Museum, the train derailed in 1956 when a freighter heading south from Lillooet came into on an area under track repair with too much speed. The subsequent crash wedged the boxcars tightly into a narrow canyon-like section known as a rock cut and a local logging company owned by Whistler’s Valleau family was enlisted to remove the cars with their heavy-duty D8 Cat logging machines. Once pried loose the damaged cars were dragged up the tracks and rolled over into the forest where they remain today.
Getting to Whistler Train Wreck Trail
Whistler Train Wreck Trail is about a 1.5 hour drive from Vancouver. Parking for the trail is located at the Interpretive Forest parking off Cheakamus Lake Road on the east side of Highway 99 – turn left at the Function Junction lights when coming from the Village and the parking is the first left before the bus shelter.